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Sports With Littlefield: For The Red Sox, 8 Is The Magic Number07:29
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks from the dugout to warm up prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz walks from the dugout to warm up prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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The magic number is 8. That's how many wins, or losses by the second-place team, the Red Sox need to win the AL East and clinch a spot in the playoffs. In other words, Sox fans can most likely start getting ready for some October baseball.

Meantime, in Foxborough, Bill Belichick is staying mum on whether or not injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will see the field in the Patriots' showdown with the Houston Texans tomorrow night.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

This segment aired on September 21, 2016.

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